Britain will halve its force in Iraq to 2,500 troops from spring next year, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday against a backdrop of noisy anti-war protesters outside parliament waving "troops out" banners.
Any one can do the math, but it sure seems like when the W, Rove And Co spouted their anthem, "coalition of the willing," it really seems like it's more like the coalition of the hangers on, and then only by the slimest of margins. Five thousand troops pales in comparision to the number of folk we have risking it all for the great Bush's Iraq Democracy and Freedom Spreading Experiement.
Well, this we can say, it sure seems like the American public isn't the only country that is having it's war libido doused by the cold shower that is Iraq. Just wondering, for those of you who swing "right," is this an "artificial" or a "real" deadline?
Meanwhile, back in Iraq, it doesn't seem to be progressing all that well:
Some potential progress toward reconciliation has run into recent trouble. The U.S. effort to recruit Sunni tribesmen to join the police force and fight the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq was strongly opposed last week by Shiite officials, who asserted that the Sunni recruits were killing innocent people under the guise of fighting insurgents.Just one small question to close with, which I have asked in a similar vein a number of times. When recruiting new police officers from the ranks of qualified Iraqi's, how do we tell which Iraqi is our friend and which is our foe?
"We demand that the American administration stop this adventure, which is rejected by all the sons of the people and its national political powers," the leading Shiite political coalition said in a statement. "Their elements are criminals who cannot be trusted or relied upon."